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Mufuliat Fijab:(Nigeria) is a women’s rights activist spanning over twenty years. She began her activism as a journalist writing stories from the human angle and rights perspectives and also calling attention to issues that affect women and children. She also worked as a Management Staff of BAOBAB for Women’s Human Rights for over eleven years coordinating various projects and activities of the organization including, peace building, mediation and counseling, advocacy and community mobilization, media relations, resource mobilization, specific donor relations, organization development (OD), trainings, Violence is not Our Culture Campaign in Nigeria, the New Tactics in Human Rights and several others.

She was also a National Expert on Gender on the UNDP Nigeria Democratic Governance for Development (DGD II) Project and a Gender Advisor at the International Foundation for Electoral Systems.

Having worked in the development field for several years, she is an experienced trainer, women’s rights advocate, gender analysts and researcher. She is a mobilizer on gender justice and women’s human rights. She is passionate about women’s empowerment She writes for publication in Nigeria media on various topical issues particularly women’s human rights, political participation, violence against women, child soldering in Africa, Women as victims of societal rape, etc.

Mufuliat holds graduate and advanced degrees in English from the Universities of Ibadan and Lagos Nigeria respectively and a Masters degree in Public Policy and Management, The University of York. She has attended several trainings on gender and development, NGO management, gender and elections, peace building and conflict resolution, leadership and resource mobilization to mention but a few.

She was a member of the Planning and Implementation Committee of the International Solidarity Network of Women Living under Muslim Laws, and a member of the Shura Council of the Women in Islamic Spirituality and Empowerment of the American Society for Muslim Advancement.

She is a beneficiary of the United States International Visitors Leadership Program on the theme ‘Leaders of Political Thoughts in Africa’

Kayode Ogunbunmi (Nigeria): Kayode Mufutau Ogunbunmi is a seasoned journalist spanning over twenty five years. He started his journalism career as a staff correspondent at The Guardian, Lagos in 1992. He served in different capacity up until 2008 before joining 234 Next Newspapers.  He rose to the position of Managing Editor of 234 Next at departure in September, 2011. Kayode was also a speech writer for Nigeria’s former President, Goodluck Ebele Jonathan.

 

 In addition to active journalism, he is also a seasoned lecturer, teaching language and journalism at different points in his career.  He taught Environmental Reporting, Press, Politics and Ethics between 2005 and 2008 at the Lagos State University School of Communication. He was an Adjunct Professor, College of New Rochelle, New York between September 2003 and May 2003. Kayode holds a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in English Studies from the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Osun State and an M.Sc in Journalism from Columbia University, Graduate School of Journalism, New York. He is also a graduate of the United Nation’s University, Tokyo with two Diplomas in Human Rights, Theory and Practice and International Cooperation and Development. His interest in human rights and gender issues has endeared him to many women’s and human rights organization in Nigeria and abroad and as a result has served and is still a media consultant to many NGOs locally and internationally. He is also the founder of  City Voice, an online media outfit.

Aisha Lawal-Ahmed (Nigeria):  She is a development worker and activist whose passion is towards the promotion and protection of women’s human rights. She has very good programme experience in women and human rights and gender issues. She has a graduate degree in English and post graduate degree in International Relations. She is a good trainer in leadership and human capability development. She is also a good researcher with a focus and has very strong communication and analytical skills.

 

Anu Ehiobu (USA): She is passionate advocate of the promotion and protection of women’s rights. Because of her passion, she is very vocal about this at any for a. She is also an Estate Consultant in the United States of America. Her interest in women’s issues is unquantifiable hence her sustained interest and contributions towards a gender just world. She is a member of the Board of Trustees.

Nasibat Adekola (UK): Nasibat is a scholar in Women’s rights issues from the religious perspective and in particular from the Islamic background. She is passionate about gender justice and dislikes with a passion the injustices women experience in the name of religious interpretations.  She is a member of the Board of Trustees.